3D printers use specific digital files to create three-dimensional physical parts and other objects. They are particularly useful for fabricating parts with complex or irregular geometry that might otherwise be difficult to construct, along with creating working samples of unique prototypes for testing, development, and manufacturing. Clearly, the applications for this technology are numerous—but before you can begin making use of 3D-printed parts and objects, you’ll need a digital version in a usable file format. While there are a variety
As-built documentation serves a variety of purposes throughout the design and construction process, but it’s particularly useful when it comes to renovating public spaces in buildings or upgrading manufacturing plants and mechanical spaces. Perhaps your company has just purchased a facility and didn’t receive documentation on the building. Or maybe you did receive documentation—and it’s 20 years out of date. Before you can reliably design and execute a renovation or upgrade, you’ll need to know what’s already there. As-built documentation
Efficiency is the name of the game when it comes to the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry. How can your team capture highly accurate data that can be manipulated to fill a variety of needs and utilized across these three disciplines—all on a tight timeline? The answer lies in Building Information Modeling (BIM), a process used for facilities management, design, maintenance, and planning for maintenance costs over time. BIM allows for a more efficient transfer of knowledge and coordination
While they provide an immense amount of useful data and insights, 3D scanners are an investment. Perhaps you’re hoping to try out a 3D scanning technology before putting funds toward your own unit, or you’re interested in the expertise that a professional technician can provide. A 3D scanning service bureau can provide access to this useful technology for either a one-off project or ongoing services—generating high-resolution 3D scans that can be used for everything from reverse engineering to inspection and
Capturing both the internal and external geometries of small or complex parts is no easy task, but it can provide significant advantages for designers, engineers, and manufacturers across a variety of industries. Luckily, metrology-grade computed tomography (CT) offers a reliable, nondestructive method for capturing high-resolution 3D data of complex and free-form parts—without the need for line-of-sight visual access. CT Scanning results include millions of data points that can be measured and analyzed to provide a number of key learnings. With
The practice of heritage preservation has been around for thousands of years, but the discipline has become more advanced in the past several decades. As technology and society’s understanding of what constitutes identity, culture, and heritage progresses, we’re seeing increased efforts to conserve, protect, and restore historic properties, landmarks, artwork, artifacts, and more. Many cities and states in the U.S. currently boast a heritage preservation commission dedicated to protecting key pieces of local and national history. In the last three
Portable 3D scanners have made the process of 3D scanning more accessible than ever before. Instead of having to deal with bulky stationary units, 3D scanning technicians and operators can complete a scan wherever their subject lies, whether that be in the field or the lab. Industries from aerospace to law enforcement are constantly discovering new uses for this type of equipment, and we couldn’t be happier to assist this technology in taking off. Because the applications of this equipment
If you’ve seen a 3D scanner in action, you know that scans can be accomplished quickly and used to create detailed digital models of just about any object. But moving a scanner around a subject is a deceptively simple act—there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface. Whether you’re thinking of purchasing an Artec 3D scanner or you’re interested in terrestrial scanning services for a large project, we’re here to provide a more in-depth look at exactly what happens
In the last 30 years, Laser Design has participated in, facilitated, and supplied equipment to a number of 3D scanning projects. Our experiences in the field and in the laboratory have shown us the sheer breadth of this technology and the range of objectives it can accomplish. Would you believe that our scanners have passed over everything from a live lobster to the President of the United States? With the right scanner and 3D scanning software, even novices can create
Laser Design recently worked with a commercial glider operation, Cross Country Soaring, to perform a complete 3D scan of one of their Grob 103 Twin II gliders. Cross Country Soaring is based out of Minneapolis, and the 3D scanning was performed at a hangar at a nearby airport. How Do You 3D Scan a Glider? To complete the project, our 3D scanning experts used a combination of the Artec Ray long range 3D scanner and the Artec Leo handheld 3D
Over the past 10 years, 3D scanning has garnered tremendous mainstream attention. What was once a niche, specialized industry is now something that most everyone with access to the internet can see and read about—and, with the help of 3D scanners and printers, experience for themselves. The barriers to entry for the 3D world have never been lower. With every passing year, more and more businesses and organizations will rely on and leverage 3D scanning technologies to generate assets for
For all the glory that the Artec 3D portable scanners receive, we can’t forget that Artec Studio 3D scanning software is the “secret sauce” that makes the whole process work so well. Built to take your 3D scanning projects from scan to polygon-model-export, Artec Studio contains a simple and intuitive core workflow, as well as myriad branches of processing tools and elements that help you handle all of your unique and interesting scanning projects. Mastery of these tools takes an
Whether you need a solution for new product design, 3D printing, or visualization and simulation, 3D scanning can deliver high-quality results. Portable 3D scanners—whether handheld or stationary—offer a higher degree of control and more maneuverability than their bulky counterparts, making them a popular choice across a range of industries. But with a variety of providers and a plethora of devices on the market, how do you choose the right portable 3D scanner for your needs? At Laser Design, a brand
Summary Two archaeologists hosting the TV show America’s Lost Vikings decided to use color 3D scanning to try and determine the true age of this controversial artifact. The Goal To precisely scan in under one hour a large runestone, and then process the scans into an extremely detailed 3D model which they would then use for depth measurement and comparison of the engraved runes. Tools Used Artec Eva & Space Spider For more than a century now, historians and scientists
3D Scanner Excels at Long Ranges for Half Cost As published in New Equipment Digest | By John Hitch View original article here Artec 3D has made a name for itself as the premier manufacturer for high performance, affordably priced handheld 3D scanners. They may not always be the most powerful, but Artec’s understanding of what users want and need—a balance of simplicity and professional quality— puts the Luxembourg-based company in the same lofty stratosphere as Apple. And come to
Laser Design’s Service Bureau adds large volume CT scanning solutions with the addition of the RX Solutions EasyTom Industrial CT Scanner. Laser Design, Inc., a CyberOptics (NASDAQ: CYBE) company, and premier provider of ultra-precise 3D scanning systems and 3D measurement services has added the EasyTom CT scanner to its growing line of scanning technologies for large volume inspection Expanding CT scanning capabilities for larger assemblies can help ensure the complete 3D capture of complex internal geometries without needing visual access.
CyberOptics Corp. shares have tripled in value this year, performing better for investors than any other Minnesota-based company, and one of the reasons is a new device that makes very fast, very accurate 3-D scans of physical objects.
In this interview, Martin Schuster of Laser Design, Inc. talks about how replacing traditional QA systems with 3D scanning can streamline processes and reduce time-to-market.
The Role of 3D Scanning in Quality Assurance for Medical Devices. Q&A with Martin Schuster, President, Laser Design at the Medical Design and Manufacturing Show 2015, Minneapolis
Laser Design to Showcase New DeskTom CT Scanner with Ultra 3D Accuracy and Resolution at MD&M Minneapolis.
A 3D scanner provides new inspection options and a faster alternative to CMM for this engineering and mold manufacturing company. As featured in MoldMaking Technology magazine!
Laser Design, Inc. (LDI), a global provider of 3D scanning systems and services, announced a partnership with Rx Solutions of France for North American distribution of the Rx Solutions DeskTom CT 3D Scanner. The DeskTom system is designed to address the rapidly-growing market for 3D Dimensional Metrology and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) solutions. Rx Solutions teamed up with LDI because of LDI’s extensive experience marketing and supporting high-accuracy 3D scanning solutions. Computed tomography (CT) scanners have the ability to scan both
Laser Design, Inc. (LDI), a global provider of dimensional inspection and 3D scanning equipment and services, now offers a new anti-reflection coating for achieving optimal accuracy during laser scanning. Reflectivity is detrimental to 3D data acquisition, so it is often necessary to apply an anti-glare coating to objects before 3D scanning. Helling 3D Scan Spray, from Helling GmbH and distributed in North America by Laser Design, is a great option for this due to its thin and uniform adherence to
Laser Design, Inc. (LDI), a global provider of dimensional inspection and 3D scanning equipment and services, welcomed Rus Emerick in March of this year as its Director of Applications Engineering. Emerick joins LDI after a distinguished career at Schneider Electric. During his 21 years at Schneider, he served as their Process Improvement Specialist and 3D Imaging Global Process Owner. He specialized in 3D laser scanning, computed tomography (CT) analysis, reverse engineering, global management, and training. Key to his success was
GKS Services Corp., a subsidiary of Laser Design Inc. and international leader in providing 3D scanning services, was founded in 1981 as a scanning services bureau. The company has grown in its 30-year history to become a sought-after expert in dimensional inspection, 3D laser scanning, computed tomography (CT) scanning, long-range scanning, laser tracking, and engineering services such as product development and design, rapid prototyping, manufacturing services, and equipment rental, completing well over 20,000 projects. We are expanding the GKS division